New Fresh Thyme Market Now Open in Dublin + Giveaway!

Now Open! Fresh Thyme in Dublin

NW Columbus peeps may know that a new grocery recently opened in the area.  Fresh Thyme Farmers Market opened on Sawmill Rd in mid August (you can follow Fresh Thyme Dublin on Facebook). Their ad flyers have been coming for about a month now and I have seen some really great produce prices.  So I was very excited when Fresh Thyme offered to “sponsor” my first visit.

We’ve combined the spirit of a weekend farmers market, and the convenience of a neighborhood store, with the nutritious offerings of a natural food marketplace to create a NEW and healthy shopping experience in the Midwest, which will nourish your body while your pocket book prospers.

Produce at Fresh Thyme

Since the produce was what enticed me most in their ads- that’s where I headed first.  And I was not disappointed!  Fresh, beautiful, often local and low priced produce filled the shelves and bins at Fresh Thyme.  If you follow me on Instagram, you know that I definitely stocked up on those $0.77 strawberries (my kids’ tummy’s and my freezer are full). And $0.49 peppers (all colors) was great too.  I noticed that this week there are some more great produce prices.  So I am hoping these aren’t just Grand Opening prices.

Bulk Bins at Fresh Thyme

Another part of the store that I thought was really fun were the bulk aisles.  Whether you are looking for a sweet treat, a healthy snack or baking staples, they had bins full of awesome products. My dad is a big salty water taffy fan, seeing bins full of salt water taffy flavors made me smile (and I know where his next gift is coming from).

Rebate App Savings at Fresh Thyme Market

If you are a fan of Grocery Rebate Apps (and you should be! ;) ) You will notice that many of these apps are including all natural and gluten free products.  And this means more savings at groceries like Fresh Thyme.  You may be wondering, “do they take coupons at Fresh Thyme?” Yes!-Fresh Thyme does take coupons! Check out a couple deals I found (please note, these prices may vary by current ad)

Dr. Praeger’s Fishes- $1.98
$1.00/1 Dr. Praeger’s Fish Item
$1.00/1 Dr. Praeger’s Kids Products; May Vary By Account – Shopmium (exp 09/14/14)
Final price= FREE after stacked coupon and rebate

Noosa Aussie Style Yoghurt- $2.19
$1.00/1 Noosa Yoghurt, 8 oz; May Vary By Account – Shopmium (exp 09/21/14)
$0.55/1 Noosa Yoghurt; DND – Facebook Coupon
Final price= $0.64 after stacked coupon and rebate

 Fresh Thyme Double Ad Wednesday

Just another couple of things to note.  Be sure to sign up for their Newsletter for savings and promotional offers.  And Wednesday’s are Double Ad day.  That means the ad sales overlap for one day!  You will get twice as many deals (and will also see twice as many people in the store!) And for my Cincy peeps.  Your Fresh Thyme Cincinnati store is opening tomorrow, 8/27 on Alamo Ave at Calvert St!

Win Fresh Thyme Gift Card (2 winners, ends 9/5/14)

Now it’s your turn to try Fresh Thyme!  2 Lucky Mission to Save fans will each win a $25 Fresh Thyme Farmers Market Gift Card.  Enter on the form below and Good Luck!

I was given a Fresh Thyme gift card to facilitate this post.  All opinions are my own.

Alternative Uses for Pool Noodles – DIY Pool Noodle Wreath

Get creative with DIY Alternative Uses for Pool Noodles!

As I was browsing Big Lots trying to decide which patio set to get for our front porch; something caught my eye. In the seasonal aisle was a tall box bursting with colorful pool noodles.  Right away my mind started to think what those fun pieces of foam could be used for- other than floating in the pool.  My thought is to write a couple posts on alternative uses for pool noodles. If you follow me on Instagram, you got a sneak peak at the first one.

DIY Pool Noodle Wreath

DIY Pool Noodle Wreath!

If you have ever bought a wreath form at a craft supply store you know they can cost anywhere from $5-$10. But a pool noodle is just $1-2 and can easily be made into a DIY wreath form.  All you need is- duct tape! I actually cut down my noodle a little so my ring was not as wide.  But literally all I did was tape the two ends together. (in the pic you can see I used  brown packaging tape, I am sure clear mailing tape or any duct tape would work too).

Easy Peasy! Pool Noodle Wreath Form

Next gather up your themed supplies.  I loved the bright red of the pool noodle and thought it would be perfectly patriotic!  I also had a scrap of that cute red, white and blue flowered fabric that would match.  And then those flowers connected another supply dot.  See their shape? Well one of the noodles I bought, had that same flowered shape! So I took a sharp bread knife and cut off the end.  Voila- cute little flower accent!

 How to cut a pool noodle for craft and DIY projects.

Another accent piece I used were those adorable felt flowers.  That’s another DIY craft project and a post for another day (they are easy peasy too!).

The next step is to get crafty!  I decided that I wanted a little bit of that fun red pool noodle to show thru- so I did not wrap the entire wreath. But that is entirely up to you.  I used fabric strips and then tacked them in place with pins.  For a more permanent option you could hot glue all your items to the wreath- just watch out for those fingers! ;) You could also use ribbon, burlap or fun patterned duct tape to cover your wreath.

pool noodle wreath close up

I think it’s fun to kind of have a “theme” for the wreath.  Mine is kind of patriotic.  But you could do beach or summer fun too.  Some other ideas for accent items are: flip flops (children’s size would work best), silk flowers, toy beach shovel, sea shells, buttons and so much more!

Have you ever made a pool noodle wreath?  What was the theme?  Send me  pic and I will add a “gallery” of your creations!

…Stay tuned for more Alternative Uses for Pool Noodles… (and send me any of your clever ideas!)